Friday, January 29, 2010

Avalanche kills Snowbasin skier

Utah man reportedly skied out of bounds


By TREVON MILLIARD
Express Staff Writer

A skier at Snowbasin—a Utah ski resort owned by Sun Valley Co.—died in an avalanche Sunday in an out-of-bounds area north of the ski area, known as Hell's Canyon.

Snowbasin is in the Wasatch Mountains near Ogden, Utah, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Utah Avalanche Center's preliminary report stated that Snowbasin local Todd Bell, 42, was skiing alone and found by another group who stumbled upon the avalanche area and saw him partially buried "face down," apparently killed by trauma.

That day, the center reported an avalanche warning in effect for all mountains in Utah. And the danger was rated at "high," with pockets of "extreme."

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The center reported several recent avalanches in the Hell's Canyon area Sunday, making it "impossible to know which of the several avalanches the victim triggered."

The center said Snowbasin Ski Patrol will compile the complete accident report.

A national avalanche database indicates that this is the eighth avalanche-related death in the Western United States this winter, including one at Sun Valley Resort on Friday, Jan. 22.

Trevon Milliard: tmilliard@mtexpress.com




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